ENGLISH RIVER OUTFITTERS RESORT

Rating: 4.8 stars   5 reviews

Issues: Veterans

Location: Tipton IA USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been an outdoorsman my whole life, but this opportunity gave me new perspective on the outdoors. For me it was too easy to think the woods would be there when I was ready to go enjoy it. Being invited on this hunt got me out and I quickly realized I had been taking the outdoors for granted. Just like tomorrow, nothing is guaranteed. You have to go enjoy it and experience it right now. Someday should be a bad word and used with extreme caution. After my experience in Iraq I learned that tomorrow is not a sure thing. Since coming home from overseas I started to think getting out hunting and enjoying nature was too cold, or work. I forgot about the solitude and rewards. There are a lot of great causes out there, but by now almost every American family has be affected by the Global War on Terrorism in one way or another. If someone had one hour to give, or one dollar, this would be the spot. I would not have had the experience and re-charging I did without others help. Helping the next veteran will be my new mission.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

English River Outfitters got me out in the woods enjoying the outdoors more that I could imagine Individual results will vary on whatever a veteran wishes to take or give to the experience. I made friends and had a chance to not think about my roll in war, but my roll in each day I have in front of me.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

This outfitter does not need to be changed, it needs support to fulfill its mission. I am going to help change that by paying it forward and helping with fundraising for other veterans. Every hour spent by someone helping and every dollar will only make English River Outfitters better and better.

How did you find this group?

I had heard of it, but I was invited on this hunt

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

This experience rekindled my love of the outdoors

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 4 stars  

"Designed by Veterans for Veterans," aren't just words. I was fortunate enough to spend a weekend at English River Outfitters in October of 2011 and the experience was very transforming. I had never deer hunted or used a bow but the proprietor, Chuck Geertz, had already arranged for pro-staffers and other life-long hunters to be on site to assist our group of Veterans which made the hunt all the more enjoyable because of the invaluable information we received. More importantly than the hunt, were the conversations we had at the lodge, around the campfire and while traveling to and from the blinds and deer stands. We all are Iraqi Veterans and that weekend offered us the opportunity to relax, unwind and enjoy the company of our brothers. As for the facility itself, the word that keeps dominating my mind is "Visionary." Chuck knows exactly what he is doing and what direction the resort is heading. In this most rustic setting, his hospitality created the atmosphere of a top-notch bed and breakfast. As the resort progresses, he will be able to serve Veterans in an even greater capacity. You can take the Veteran out of English River Outfitters, but you can't take English River Outfitters out of the Veteran.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...the comraderie I was able to experience and the new skills I was able to learn.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...grow it. Based on the enjoyment I got from my weekend at English River Outfitters, I cannot fathom what this place will be able to offer once Chuck's vision is completed.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

I stumbled across it online.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

In an effort not to sound existential I would have to say that being at English River Outfitters provided me the environment I needed to stop, look around and re-evaluate how I'm living my life. It also revitalived my advocacy for Veterans!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

My family's lives were changed for in April 2005 when my husband and the father of our two children was severely injured in Iraq. He suffered a severe Traumatic Brain Injury, lost his right eye, his left side of his body is paralyzed and suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. With Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) being the "signature and Invisible" wound of this current war time veterans and their families need a place to heal, learn and transition back into civilian world. English River Outfitters provides just that. My husband is able to go hunting with other veterans who is in the same situation. Our family is able to camp with other families and relax knowing that we won't be judged or looked upon as completely crazy. Being around others who have traveled down the same road is so important.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in helping other families of disable veterans to relax in a place where they are not judged for what they are going through.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would change nothing. English River Outfitters is so needed now more than ever with the Iowa National Guard having sent more troops to Iraq and Afganistan since WWII.

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

This is a very peaceful tranquil place. Very relaxing and magical. I was able to turkey hunt, Chuck called in the turkey and it was so peaceful I just sat and watched.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

This place really works, I was depressed and felt loanly, but when I got around Chuck and the group it all went away

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do nothing, it is great the way he has it set up.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

relaxing, no phones, no schedules

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the staff was great, always asking if we needed anything, making sure we were taken care of.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help so many more soldiers and families, Chuck wants to start a greiving counceling to help families that have lost a service member.

Ways to make it better...

It had not rained so much, but even then Chuck had blinds for us to sit in so it wasn't that bad.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

they could really use help with fundraisers and donations, not just suggestion but help putting them together.

One thing I'd also say is that...

GREAT JOB CHUCK, KEEP IT UP.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

The English River Outfitters Resort is a wonderful place for veterans from all conflicts to get together and hunt, fish, enjoy nature, and mostly heal our wounds from the austere situations we were part of. Created by Veterans for Veterans. Come visit us at our Web page: www.englishriveroutfitters.org

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

better serve our wheelchair bound and severely disabled through creating handicapped accessible hunting stands and nature trails. Update facilities to ensure each veteran receives equal treatment and access.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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